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We learn to lie and to detect deceit as a developmental task. Dr. Ford's concept is that lying is part of the bridge between one's internal world (beliefs, perceptions, expectations, fantasies) and one's external world (reality). Lies work not only to deceive others but to deceive ourselves.
This book shines a spotlight on an understudied phenomenon that affects us all as we raise children, choose a relationship, move forward with a career path, or buy a used car.
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This book is an extraordinary, well-written treatise on deception and self-deception. It is provocative and important because it captures the width and breadth of an ever-present part of human conditions -- lying.
To say that Dr. Ford's book about lying is provocative would be far from stretching the truth. This is a challenging but nourishing book, to be read and debated with friends, relatives, and others.
Dr. Ford integrates his vast material to produce a coherent view on the intrapsychic functions of deceit, especially the regulation of self-esteem, and to delineate the complex interrelation of lying and self-deception. He has succeeded in a wonderful task: writing a book that provides fascinating and practical insights for the psychiatrist, as well as a scholarly work that will appeal to any intelligent reader interested in the subject.
|2||Defining Deceit: The Language of Lying||23|
|3||The Biology of Deceit||47|
|4||Learning to Lie: Developmental Issues in Deceit||69|
|5||Why People Lie: The Determinants of Deceit||87|
|6||Styles of Deception: The Role of Personality||103|
|8||Living a Lie: Impostors, Con Artists, and Persons With Munchausen Syndrome||147|
|9||False Memories, False Accusations, and False Confessions||173|
|10||Detection of Deceit||197|
|11||Technological Detection of Deceit||221|
|12||Therapeutic Approaches for the Deceitful Person||237|
|13||Effects of Deception||251|
|14||A Psychology of Deceit: Conclusions and Summary||271|